Funds generated by the 2020 Joplin Christmas Parade will go to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, which provides assistance to children from birth to 21 years of age in a 14-county area in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. All money raised stays local, helping children with medical needs and their families.

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JOPLIN, Mo. — Monday morning in a joint press briefing at Joplin City Hall, Freeman Health System and the city announced the 2020 Christmas Parade is Tuesday, December 1. The theme for this years Christmas Parade is CRUISING TO CHRISTMAS.

Paula Baker, CEO of Freeman Health System, explained the process of this years health conscious reverse Christmas Parade to the crowd gathered.

“This year the Joplin Christmas Parade is going to be a little different. We are going to accommodate social distancing and other safety factors. While at the same time enjoying what I know is going to be a spectacular and well remembered parade.

The floats and entertainers are going to be parked on each side of Main Street. And the spectators will drive through the parade slowly. So actually it’s kind of a reverse of what we normally do.

At the end of the parade, Santa is going to be stationed in Spiva Park. Where he can wave at the children as well as the young at heart.

So our reverse parade will allow everyone to enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas from the comfort of their warm cars and trucks. Families can load up snacks be in your warm car, drive the parade route and see all of the floats and entries lined up by the side of Main Street.”


Freeman staff members have already started planning the parade. The parade will take place from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Tuesday, December 1. The parade route starts with drivers entering at 20th and Main, and floats and entertainers will appear on the sides of the street from 15th north to Third Street. Santa still arrives at the end of the parade route, and he will wave at kids as they roll by Spiva Park in the comfort of their cars and trucks. 

Entry fees are $50 For-Profit Organizations, $15 non-profit organizations, schools and bands are free. Spaces are limited and the last day to register is November 18. For more information about placing an entry in the 2020 Joplin Christmas Parade, call 417.347.3962 or email

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  • Roughly the same route as always, S Main and 20th to Spiva Park (4th).
  • There will be no candy given out during the reverse parade.
  • 100% of proceeds from entries go to Children’s Miracle Network to assist local families.
Paula Baker, Freeman Health Systems CEO, and Joplin Mayor Ryan Stanley, unveil the logo and theme for the 2020 Joplin Christmas Parade: Cruisin to Christmas. This year the parade will be presented in reverse. Spectators drive by floats and entries parked along Main Street.

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